Showcase Sunday {24}

Sunday, 22 December 2013
Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky over at Books, Biscuits & Tea where book bloggers showcase the books they have received throughout the week.

I am SO unbelievably behind with reading review books it's crazy... and, lately, I've been plagued with surprise review books that are really reminding me that I need to get on top of it all again! I'm hoping to get some reading done over the Christmas holiday but, unfortunately, I will have to study for the majority of it!

For Review:

The Queen of Dreams by Peter Hamilton:
I literally only read the synopsis of this ten minutes ago and, put quite simply, it sounds amazing! Definitely something I could enjoy! I feel like it has a rather fairytale-esque premise so I'm excited!

Blackberry Blue and Other Fairy Tales by Jamila Gavin:
When I first received this I didn't give it much thought but the more I've read about it, the more excited I've become - especially since I've heard such good things about it! If its contents are as beautiful as its cover then I'm in for a treat! :)

Shine by Candy Gourlay:
This sounds so different from anything else out there that I'm really intrigued! From the few ratings it's gotten on goodreads, they've all been high so I have hope that it'll be a good read!

Junk Miles (Brenna Blixen #2) & Slow Twitch (Brenna Blixen #3) by Liz Reinhardt:
To be honest, I don't really know what to think of these books... Or whether or not I'll read them. For one, they are the second and third books in a trilogy of which I haven't read the first. Plus, the covers make them look like they belong in the erotica genre - which is a major turn-off. Obviously I don't not want to read them because they've been gifted to me but... I just don't know what to do!

**HUGE thanks to Random House for all these surprise review books!**

Book Swaps:

The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater:
Yes, Hawwa and I ALWAYS seem to be book swapping, but this girl is crazy awesome gifting me with books on my wishlist! I read The Raven Cycle last year and enjoyed it - though it was a little slow-going and confusing - and am hoping that I'll enjoy this one more! THANKS AGAIN, HAWWA! :D

*dusts off hands* So that's all the books I've got over the past few months - I think. There's probably some I've forgotten about but, oh wells! What did YOU receive this past week - or, in my case, months?! Leave links to your book hauls below, or just simply tell me what you got!

Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo


  1. I've heard so much about these books but I still haven't had the chance to read them. Hope you enjoy! :)
    My STS

    1. Awe, hopefully you'll get your hands on a few of them soon! Thanks - I'm sure I will! :)

  2. OOoh nice! These are pretty much new to me! Hope you enjoy them all!

    Here's my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

    1. Hopefully you like the look of some enough to add them to your wishlist! Thanks! :)

  3. Oh YAY The Dream Thieves! I loved that book so much. I think it's one of my favorites from 2013!

    1. Yay! That gives me hope! I'm curious as to whether or not I'll enjoy more than I did The Raven Boys! :D

  4. I haven't heard of any of them except for The Dream Thieves but they all sound good! I loved Maggie Steifvater's Shiver series, which you either hate or love but it's a favourite of mine. Don't worry, I'm also very behind on all of my review books and I'm in a bit of a slump so I don't think that's gonna change any time soon. Happy Reading Hedwig!

    1. I've heard so many good things about the Shiver books - and I think at one point I took one out from the library - but I never got on to reading them... I'm not a huge fan of her writing style though so I don't know if I ever will... but we'll see!

      Awe, I hate slumps! I'm sort-of in a semi-reading slump but I'm coming out of it now! Hopefully you'll come out of yours too! Thanks for the comment, Dobby! :P

  5. I'm totally behind my review pile as well! Those books look really great though so I hope you get to devour some of them over the Christmas break :D

    I haven't actually heard of any of them - apart from the Maggie Stiefvater. Blackberry Blue has definitely caught my eye - it sounds so enchanting and a quick peek on Goodreads tells me there are illustrations!

    Fab haul, Rachel! Enjoy them all <3

    1. Me too! Here's hoping I find the time!

      I'm actually quite excited for Blackberry Blue! I rarely EVER read collections of stories so I wonder if I'll enjoy this one! I reckon I will! :D

  6. Ohh, The Dream Thieves! I haven't even read The Raven Cycle but it seems like a series that everybody loves! And they say the sequel is even better! I hope you'll love all your books Rachel! <33


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